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Thursday, July 9th, 2015

JCU researcher developing electric car gadget to drive profits

A James Cook University researcher is working on a new device that will let electric car owners sell extra current from their vehicle’s battery to the power network.

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JCU researcher Kirk Martel (Photo credit: JCU)

Kirk Martel is developing technology that will tell electric vehicle owners the best time to sell excess charge back to the grid.

A display unit smaller than an iPad screen and designed to fit under a car stereo will receive information from a smart meter.

It will tell users when to sell power to the grid and when to buy, based on peak and trough periods of demand and pricing.

Mr Martel said the benefits of his device will extend to more than just electric car owners. “My key aim is to help the consumer, but with many more electric cars expected on the road the electricity companies may not be able to handle the load without significant upgrades unless many of the cars are being charged at optimum times.”

Researchers have found the typical private user plugged their car in after work at a time of peak domestic demand. Fleet users plugged in at work during peak industrial demand.

Mr Martel said the calculations needed were more complicated than turning the battery on and off at certain times.

“The hard part is answering all the other things: how quickly do different battery types charge? When you are discharging it to the grid, how much charge do you leave in the battery for emergency trips? The battery will be subject to extra wear if it is charging and discharging more often, how do you take account of that?”

Mr Martel said he expects to complete the project by the end of the year.


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Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Global interest in JCU’s revolutionary IT course

Global tech experts are looking to Cairns, with strong international interest in JCU’s revolutionary new engineering course, the Internet of Things.

JCU is the first Australian university to establish a new program in “Electronic Systems and the Internet of Things (IoT)”, as part of its Bachelor of Engineering. It’s believed that James Cook University is only the second university in the world to offer such a course.

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Study IT and engineering at JCU  (image credit: JCU)

The Internet of Things is expected to lead to the next revolution in computer technology. It will allow everyday objects to have network connectivity, allowing them to send and receive data, creating radical shifts in the way we apply technologies in our daily lives.

More than 50 people from 14 countries have applied for two senior academic positions with the course at JCU’s Cairns campus.

Applications have been received from countries as diverse as the United States, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Norway, Malaysia and Portugal.

The Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Paul Dirks said he’s delighted by the strong interest in the course.

“It confirms the global significance of the Internet of Things and vindicates JCU’s decision to establish such an innovative course.”

“The Internet of Things will create the conditions for a new industrial revolution over the next decade, and JCU is leading the charge on educating the next generation of computer engineers,” Prof Dirks said.

The four-year degree will be offered at JCU’s Cairns campus from 2016. It will combine the study of electrical engineering, wireless communication, software engineering and industrial design.

There will be an emphasis on sensor devices, internet technologies, data mining and cloud computing.

It’s the first time a full engineering degree has been offered at the Cairns campus.

James Cook University will work with industry partners, linking advancements in the Internet of Things to entrepreneurial opportunities. New commercial opportunities focused on the potential of northern Australia and the tropical world will be a special focus.


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